SEN Info Bulletin

November 9, 2011

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities

Events

News

Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Passes Resolution Opposing Nuclear Waste

The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan has passed a resolution to “oppose and prohibit the storage and transportation of high level toxic nuclear waste in Saskatchewan. The resolution, which was presented at the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan’s November 5 annual general meeting by President of Fish Lake Métis Local 108 Bryan Lee, garnered the support of about two-thirds of attendees.

The resolution is the latest move by aboriginal and northern communities in Saskatchewan in opposition to attempts by the industry-based Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to find a “willing community” to site a long-term nuclear waste dump in Saskatchewan.

Full story at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=11824.

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Action Alert

Support the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN)

The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) needs your support to continue providing a voice to 640 community organizations that conserve and enhance our country’s natural environment. Please consider making a secure online contribution and appealing for the restoration of our 34-year financing arrangement with Environment Canada. Details and links to petitions and action at http://rcen.ca/home/p>

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Opportunities

Executive Director: Saskatchewan Eco-Network

The Saskatchewan Eco Network has a long history of building and nurturing environmental activities in the province. As a network, our role is to facilitate environmental awareness and community participation through public education, alliance-building, skills development, and government liaison. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the overall management and development of the Saskatchewan Eco-Network, in order to accomplish its mandate of working to ensure a healthy future.

The Executive Director will: Develop and implement an annual fundraising strategy so as to ensure that sufficient funds are received to meet the Network's expenses; Liaise with our member organizations and caucuses, the Canadian Environmental Network, funders, media, government officials, and other organizations; and Ensure sound fiscal and human resource management to foster an environment in which people can flourish and be creative.

The Executive Director position is 20 hours per week with the possibility for expanded hours in the future. The SEN offers a health benefit plan. Full posting is at:http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=15867. Please submit resumes in confidence, by November 18, 2011, to: Saskatchewan Eco Network Attention: Personnel Committee 535 8th Street East Saskatoon Sk. S7H 0P9 Or email resume to: info@econet.sk.ca.

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Senior Wildlife Biologist: Canada North Environmental Services

Location: Saskatoon

M.Sc. or Ph.D. preferred, however, a B.Sc. is acceptable if significant experience can be demonstrated. The ideal candidate will have superior project and staff management skills, and excellent knowledge of terrestrial ecology especially wildlife. Experience with provincial and federal environmental regulatory requirements is highly desirable. The position is for our Saskatoon office. Interested candidates are requested to mail, fax, or e-mail resumes, no later than November 23rd, 2011. More details at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=15826.

Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth) is an aboriginal-owned environmental services firm specializing in the biological/environmental sciences. CanNorth has a strong foundation and proven experience in environmental consulting, monitoring, modeling, and environmental impact assessments.

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Call for Abstracts: Public Health in Canada

Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2011

the 2012 Annual Conference Public Health in Canada: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Environments will be held at Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta on June 11 - 14, 2012. The Canadian Public Health Association will be hosting the annual conference in Edmonton next year and we are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Details at http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012.aspx.

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Employment Opportunities: SCIC

SCIC is currently hiring for 2 positions based in Regina. Please read full job postings at http://www.earthbeat.sk.ca/ under "Get Involved: Employment".

Administrative Assistant: This position permanent at 57% of full time (20 hours/ week). The Program Assistant rate (as per SCIC/CUPE Collective Agreement) is approximately $21.30/ hour, with a generous benefits package. Primary responsibilities of this position include working with SCIC’s Financial Officer and the Executive Director to maintain organization of accounts, filing and databases, to support the completion of deliverables and SCIC programs.

Communications and Fundraising Officer: This position is full time temporary for 6 months. Thereafter the position will be reposted as a permanent position. Program officer rate (as per SCIC/CUPE Collective Agreement) is approximately $21,600 for the 6 months. Primary responsibilities of this position include working with SCIC’s Executive Director to develop and implement the Council’s communications, marketing and fund raising strategy, including community education/public engagement program planning for Saskatchewan.

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Call for Submissions: Boreal Conservation Small Grants Program

Deadline: December 9, 2012

Small Change Fund is accepting proposals for projects which contribute towards the protection of Canada’s Boreal forests, with a focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities across the boreal region. They accept proposals from registered grassroots charities or registered Aboriginal bands in Canada. If you would like to discuss submitting a project but feel that you don’t meet this criteria, please contact Dani LaGiglia at dani@smallchangefund.org. Funding requests cannot exceed $5,000. Please visit their website at http://smallchangefund.org/submit-a-project and complete the form with details on your project.

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Coming Events

Regina

Building Peace Locally and Globally

November 10th, 12 pm, College Building Rm 108

$10 includes lunch. RSVP your attendance before Nov 7 to scic@earthbeat.sk.ca or 757-4669.

SCIC is excited to be working with MCC Saskatchewan to host peacemaker Issa Sadi Ebombolo of Zambia for a luncheon. Issa, the initiator and director of school peace clubs in Lusaka, Zambia is an engaging story teller. Issa's passion for peace work is rooted in his past-he has worked as a peace facilitator in refugee camps, and is himself a refugee from violence and instability in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Meet and Greet with Issa Sadi Ebombolo

November 11th, 7 - 9 pm

For those who cannot make it to the Development Issues Luncheon, or who would like to have a more personal discussion with Issa, please attend this meet and greet. For more information call 586-8718.

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Analyzing, Reporting and using Agency Outcomes

November 15th, 9am - 12 pm

As a capacity builder, United Way of Regina takes a strategic, focused approach to achieving impact and has committed to providing resources for organizational development and effectiveness. It is offering workshops that are intended to support and strengthen the work of your organization. For more information, please visit: http://www.unitedwayregina.ca/impact/impact_workshop_page.html#top_workshop .

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Environmental Management Training Sessions

November 21st - 25th, Regina

Sound Solar Systems Inc. is proud to offer the self-declaration Canadian Standard for Environmental Management ISO 14001 Workshop. This International Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to demonstrate conformity with this International Standard. On-site One-day Workshops are available November 21-25th. Details at: http://www.soundsolar.ca/solar-products/workshops.html. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Brooke for more information 306-586-2308.

These workshops feature Shirley Segev, a Toronto experienced green organizational coach. She believes that a simple ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is a tremendous asset to an organization in its efforts to be green, avoid greenwashing, and receiving recognition by self-declaring to the ISO 14001 standard. ISO 14001 is the Canadian official environmental standard.

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GreenRoots Sustainable Living Presents: 1st Annual Intercultural Dance and Art Fundraiser

November 26th, 8 pm, Performing Arts Centre (1077 Angus St.)

Enjoy live Latin music, a dance contest with a cash prize, free salsa lessons, poetry expressions and much more. GreenRoots Sustainable Living is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating development in rural communities around the world through projects that make use of local and/or Indigenous knowledge and green initiatives in order to eliminate poverty and generate, economic, environmental, and social benefits framed by human values. For more information go to http://www.greenrootsworld.org. Tickets: $30. You can get tickets by calling at 533-6680 or emailing info@greenrootsworld.org.

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Building Operator Training: Light & Electrical

November 28th, NW Leisure Centre, Rm 2: 1127 Arnason St.

Rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Building Operator Training - A series for any building operator, custodian or facility personnel. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botregina .

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Free Project Management Workshop

December 15th, 9 am - 4 pm, Room ED 114, U. of R.

Smart Cities, Healthy Kids, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), is pleased to offer a one-day interactive workshop, open to graduate students, faculty members or anyone who is involved in research. The workshop focuses on the practical aspects of planning and managing large and small scale research projects in a dynamic and hands-on way.

Participants will learn important skills such as: Creating effective partnerships with stakeholders; Budgets: Spending your money so it counts; The art of recruiting and retaining participants; Identifying potential problems before they become actual disasters; Team building strategies; Communicating results effectively (Knowledge Translation).

There is no cost to attend the workshop and lunch/snacks will be provided. To register for a workshop please contact tracy.ridalls@usask.ca. Register early as space is limited. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. If there is significant interest a second workshop date may be added.

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Saskatoon

Opportunities in Socially Responsible Investing

November 9th, 7 - 8:30 pm, Cliff Wright Library, 1635 McKercher Dr.

The presentation will be based on the opportunities to achieve strong investment growth and returns, while making a difference in the world we live in through socially responsible investing. We will discuss the need for ethical investments, and how companies engaged in strong environmental, and social governance are now leading the Canadian and Global markets.

This presentation will be done by Naomi Dolan, Investment Specialist and Wealth Consultant for Affinity Credit Union, River Heights Branch. Event co-sponsored by the Cliff Wright Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information, please contact the Saskatchewan Environmental Society at 665-1915. Free admission. All welcome.

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(In)Equality Matters: Social Justice and the Economy

November 9th, 7:30 pm, Frances Morrison Library Auditorium

Incensed by skyrocketing corporate profits and plummeting average incomes? Think wealthy Canadians and corporations should contribute more to public goods and services? Why aren’t they? What can we do about it? Join Inter Pares and the National Farmers Union for an evening of discussion on how to foster economic equality. Jean Symes from Inter Pares, National Farmers Union Youth President Kalissa Regier, and Dr. Dr. Yao Graham, renowned African activist and coordinator of Third World Network-Africa will speak about examples of deepening economic inequality they see in communities worldwide, and what we can do about it. This space is wheelchair accessible.

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Green Drinks

November 11th, 5:30 pm, Confederation Inn, 3330 Fairlight Dr.

Start time for Green Drinks will be roughly 5:30 going till whenever. Since it's a holiday you should have more time to get there if you would like to try and bike, those who do will be rewarded. If you happen to be biking from downtown or east side, best route to take would be 23rd street.

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The Bioblitz: The Meewasin Ecoblitz of Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale

November 16th, 7 pm, Roxy Theatre

The Robin Smith Memorial Lecture this year will take the form of the premiere of the thirty minute documentary The Bioblitz – The Meewasin Ecoblitz of Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale. Produced by Tom Simes and written and narrated by Meewasin’s Doug Porteous, the documentary focuses on three days in May 2011 when Meewasin brought together 9 teams of scientists and the education community to host a bioblitz of Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale. 7 pm - Red Carpet Reception. 7:30 - Program. Free Admission/Cash Concession.

If you plan to attend, please contact Candy at Meewasin by phone 665-6887.

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Planning for Extremes: Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin Annual Conference

November 16 – 18, The Saskatoon Inn

The purpose of this conference is to bring researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers and local stakeholders together to heighten awareness and share information on planning for extremes in the Saskatchewan River Basin. It is being planned as a communication and brainstorming session for the purpose of communication and idea exchange. Registration deadline is November 10th. Details at: http://www.saskriverbasin.ca/.

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Build Saskatchewan Green Annual Conference

November 18th, Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The Build Saskatchewan Green conference is Saskatchewan’s longest running and largest green building conference. Since the first conference in 2004, our speakers have been inspiring and educating green building professionals from across the province and beyond. Today we share a far greater understanding of the issues of sustainability related to our current building practices; the focus now should be on action. For the 8th annual BSG we’re exploring the practical side of going green and how to get there through this year’s theme: Getting Green Done! In Saskatchewan.

Embark on a journey of: Leadership in: Sustainability, Lean Project Delivery, Integrated Design, and Innovation and Existing Build Performance Enhancement. Learn from leaders in our industry on what it takes to Get Green Done! in Saskatchewan. http://www.buildsaskgreen.ca. In conjunction with the Canada Green Building Council in support of Architecture Week in Saskatchewan and the Design Councils – Design Week.

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Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Association Conference

November 16 - 18, TCU Place & Hilton Garden Inn

Details at http://www.swwa.ca/pages/conference/2011/.

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Movie: Introduction to Permaculture Design

November 24th, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

Cost: $10 regular, $7 for theatre members. There will be a discussion following the film.

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Free Project Management Workshop

December 12th, 9 am - 4 pm, Rm C280 College Bldg, U. of S.

Smart Cities, Healthy Kids, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), is pleased to offer a one-day interactive workshop, open to graduate students, faculty members or anyone who is involved in research. The workshop focuses on the practical aspects of planning and managing large and small scale research projects in a dynamic and hands-on way.

Participants will learn important skills such as: Creating effective partnerships with stakeholders; Budgets: Spending your money so it counts; The art of recruiting and retaining participants; Identifying potential problems before they become actual disasters; Team building strategies; Communicating results effectively (Knowledge Translation).

There is no cost to attend the workshop and lunch/snacks will be provided. To register for a workshop please contact tracy.ridalls@usask.ca. Register early as space is limited. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. If there is significant interest a second workshop date may be added.

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National Forage Conference

December 13 - 14, 2011, Radisson Hotel

The Canadian Forage & Grassland Association (CFGA) Conference & Annual Meeting is coming to Saskatoon, December 13-14, 2011. Don`t miss this opportunity to interact with stakeholders from across the country and all sectors of our industry. Visit http://events.econet.ca/events/national-forage-conference for details.

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Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop

February 8 and 9, Saskatoon

Registration for the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan's (SK PCAP) 2012 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Bridging the Gapis is now open. Early Bird Registration is $150.00 (up to January 6, 2012). A tentative workshop format, registration details and form, and accommodation information is now available for viewing/download on the SK PCAP website by clicking on the following link http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=12.nprrw2012details.

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Other

Forest Field Guide Training Sessions

November 2011

Training is now scheduled to support the use, implementation, and interpretation of the ”Field Guide to the Ecosites of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Forests”. This guide describes Saskatchewan’s ecosystems and is an indispensible tool for tasks such as ecological site restoration, habitat definition, forest planning & silviculture, and numerous other uses.

Workshops are now scheduled for: Hudson Bay (November 15), Prince Albert (November 16), Saskatoon (November 17), La Ronge (November 22), Creighton (November 23) and Meadow Lake (November 24).

The workshops are free, and lunch and a copy of the field guide publication will be provided to all participants, however registration is required to help us better plan these events. Each workshop begins at 9:30 am and ends at 3 pm. Please contact Sharon.Kent@gov.sk.ca (306.953.2221) to register for these workshops.

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Water and Agriculture: A Workshop for Saskatchewan’s Future Leaders

November 11-13, Craik, SK

Proven leaders aged 18-35 are invited to participate in a weekend workshop to build Saskatchewan’s capacity to create healthy and productive communities while sustainably managing its watersheds and water resources by engaging tomorrow’s decision makers in experiential, meaningful exploration of the issues surrounding water and agriculture. The workshop will be held at Craik Eco Village. The deadline to apply was October 24.

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November Native Prairie Speaker Series

November 16th, Swift Current, SK

Technical Presentation (12:10 – 12:50 pm) at Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Boardroom (350 Cheadle Street), Swift Current. New Invasive Plant Species Creeping Into the Swift Current Area – Shannon Garchinski, Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards.

Public Presentation (7 – 8 pm) at Swift Current Museum (44 Robert St. W.). Greater Sage-grouse Research in Grasslands National Park – Pat Fargey, Grasslands National Park of Canada.

The Speaker Series are FREE and anyone can attend. If you can not make it person, you can also watch the presentation LIVE by clicking on the following link www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series. (NOTE: The sound quality issue of the videos has been fixed). Visit http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=5.pcap_speaker_series for a copy of the 2011-2012 schedule.

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Building Operator Training: Light & Electrical

November 29th, Kinetic Exhibition Park, 1700-17th Ave SE. Swift Current

Rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Building Operator Training - A series for any building operator, custodian or facility personnel. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botswiftcurrent .

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.ca.